The Gospels and Jesus

Paperback | March 7, 2002

byGraham Stanton

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Jesus of Nazareth and the four New Testament gospels continue to fascinate people from many cultural and religious backgrounds. Who was Jesus? Are Christian claims about him supported by solid historical evidence? How reliable are the evangelists' portraits of Jesus which were written somefifty years after his crucifixion? These questions can be explored only on the basis of a sound grasp of the intentions and methods of the four evangelists. Professor Stanton insists that the evangelists are concerned with both the story and the significance of Jesus of Nazareth. Part I of this bookexamines the distinctive emphases of all four evangelists and discusses the apocryphal gospels, with special reference to the Gospel of Thomas. Part II deals with the ways of assessing the evidence for Jesus and explores his teaching, intentions, and the reasons for his downfall.This book pays particular attention to appropriate methods for careful study of the gospels and the historical Jesus to provide an excellent textbook and a penetrating study for the general reader. NEW TO THIS EDITION:- Every chapter updated to take account of recent scholarly developments- Fuller discussion of literary criticism (chapter 2); the Gospel of Thomas (chapter 7); archaeological evidence (chapter 8); and methods for reconstructing the teaching of Jesus (chapter 9)- Bibliography is extended, updated, and partly annotated- New cross-references added to increase usability- Map now included- Material within some chapters and sub-sections has been reorganised to increase accessibility- Biblical quotations are now taken from the NRSV text- New larger format and text design

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Jesus of Nazareth and the four New Testament gospels continue to fascinate people from many cultural and religious backgrounds. Who was Jesus? Are Christian claims about him supported by solid historical evidence? How reliable are the evangelists' portraits of Jesus which were written somefifty years after his crucifixion? These questi...

Professor Graham Stanton is Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. His studied for his first degree in History and Theology in New Zealand, for a PhD in Cambridge, and has also studied in Zurich and Tubingen. He was a Professor of New Testament Studies at King's College, London, for 21 years, and was Edi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.73 inPublished:March 7, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I1. From the Gospels to Jesus2. What is a gospel?3. Mark's gospel: The way of Jesus4. Matthew's gospel: The way of righteousness5. Luke's gospel: God's way triumphs6. John's gospel: 'I am the way'7. Why four gospels?Part II: Jesus in Gospel tradition8. What do we know about Jesus of Nazareth?9. Assessing the evidence10. John the Baptist11. Prophet and teacher12. The Kingdom of God13. Parables and aphorisms14. Miracles and exorcisms15. Messiah, Son of God, Son of Man16. Conflict17. The last days18. Who was Jesus of Nazareth?BibliographyIndex of passages citedGeneral index

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`'he has again produced a work that is remarkable for the clarity of its argument and the breadth of its scholarship''J.E. Tollington, Journal of the STudy of the Old Testament